26 episodes

A public health and social justice podcast brought to you by NASTAD. Much like brewing stronger tea, this platform aims to brew a stronger community by centering the voices of community leaders, and their innovative work in the southern United States.

Southern Steep: Brewing Stronger Community Torrian L Baskerville, Bianca Ward, Nicole Elinoff, Isaiah Webster III

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

A public health and social justice podcast brought to you by NASTAD. Much like brewing stronger tea, this platform aims to brew a stronger community by centering the voices of community leaders, and their innovative work in the southern United States.

    Stop the Silos

    Stop the Silos

    Nicole and Jacobi finally co-host together! In this episode, the dynamic duo speaks with Samantha Daley, Development Coordinator for BYP100, a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Samantha shares her passion for movement organizing, her love for reproductive justice, and her work with ARC Southeast-- raising funds for more equitable abortion access. The group discusses the importance of meaningful youth engagement and why we need to stop the silos in reproductive justice work.

    This episode's Southern Charm highlights SisterLove, Inc., located in both Atlanta, GA, and South Africa.

    • 52 min
    Lifeline

    Lifeline

    In this episode, co-hosts Bianca and Nicole have a heartfelt and powerful conversation with Alex Bradley, Outreach and Community Education Manager at Honoring Individual Power and Strength (HIPS). Alex shares the wealth of services and support that HIPS have been providing to the community for decades and the essential work of faithful volunteers. They discuss the beauty and the delightful chaos of "The Van" and how it has been a lifeline to everyone that has come in contact with it, clients and staff alike. This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Maurice "Moe" Abbey Bey (12/6/1957 - 04/05/2021).

    This episode's Southern Charm highlights Gender Benders, located in Piedmont, South Carolina.

    • 50 min
    From Law to Leadership

    From Law to Leadership

    In this episode, co-hosts Bianca and Isaiah speak with Dafina Ward, JD, Executive Director of Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC), to discuss her leadership journey as a Black woman in the South, the care and support she has offered her staff throughout the pandemic, and the role and impact that SAC plays in the South as a convener of critical conversations. Dafina shares her great pride in the formation of Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day(SHAAD) and SAC's commitment to supporting and funding emerging organizations in the South doing extraordinary work.

    This episode's Southern Charm highlights Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, located in Columbia, South Carolina.

    • 50 min
    Passion in the Panhandle

    Passion in the Panhandle

    In this episode, co-hosts Nicole and Vrushabh speak with Jermaine Daniels and Derrick Robinson from BASIC NWFL. Located in the Florida Panhandle, Jermaine and Derrick discuss the charms and challenges of being in a rural setting, including transportation barriers and the telehealth opportunities brought by the pandemic.

    This episode's Southern Charm highlights OASIS Florida, another organization in the Florida Panhandle.

    • 48 min
    A Retrospective on NASTAD's Community Ties

    A Retrospective on NASTAD's Community Ties

    In commemoration of NASTAD’s 30th anniversary, Deputy Executive Director Natalie Cramer joins podcast co-hosts Nicole and Isaiah to discuss the organization’s long-running ties to community and the grassroots. As NASTAD’s longest-tenured staffer, Natalie recounts how the organization has evolved over time, and how it has refined its technical assistance approach. NASTAD’s latest efforts to address social justice and antiracism is discussed, and Isaiah recalls how this work is actually a continuation of the organization’s willingness to tackle difficult challenges.

    • 36 min
    Curating The Future

    Curating The Future

    In this special episode, Season One's host, Torrian, attends the National African American MSM Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice hosted by NAESM, Incorporated in Los Angeles, California. During this episode, Torrian speaks to Malcolm Reid of the Silver Lining Project—a program birthed out of THRIVE SS— and Dr. Alvan Quamina, Executive Director of NAESM, Incorporated. These conversations center the work of each organization in Atlanta, GA, and delves into the triumphs, the challenges, the twists, and the turns of organizing an in-person conference during a pandemic. Most importantly, however, this episode highlights the resiliency of Black-led organizations doing the vital community work in the South.

    • 46 min

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